Blog Post #7: Animation at the Oscars

The 82nd annual Academy Awards recently took place on Sunday March 7th. There were a record 10 films nominated for Best Picture. This list of ten included Avatar, a heavily computerized/animated film and as well a full animation, Up. For this blog post, I will be talking about the Animation seen in the recent Academy Awards. I will not be talking about Avatar, rather just the fully animated films that were nominated.

Up is only the second animated film to be nominated under Best Picture at the Oscars. First was Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Not only was Up nominated for Best Picture but also Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, and Writing (Original Screenplay). Up ended up winning for best Music (Original Score) done by Michael Giacchino. Up also beat out Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, and The Secret of Kells for best Animated Feature Film. The music, animation, and storyline went amazingly together to make this film stand out against the other animated films as well as try to make a stand among the live action films under Best Picture.

There were only two other animated films which were nominated for an additional category besides best Animated Feature Film. These were The Princess and the Frog and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Princess and the Frog was also nominated under best Music (Original Song) for two different songs. These were “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” performed by Randy Newman. (They were beaten out by the movie Crazy Heart.) The two songs were definitely very unique to the New Orleans jazz style of the overall movie. It is unfortunate that the songs lost because they were enjoyable to listen to and the animation completed the New Orleans style. The second film nominated for more than just best Animated Feature Film was Fantastic Mr. Fox, which received a nomination for best Music (Original Score) done by Alexandre Desplat. (Reminder to reader: Original Score is for the main song of the movie usually heard at the opening of the film and through out the film, while Original Song is one of the many songs within the movie.) Fantastic Mr. Fox ended up losing to Up.

Animation was also seen in the Oscar category best Short Film (Animated). The short films nominated were French Roast, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), Logorama, and A Matter of Loaf and Death. The film that won was Logorama. Logorama is a french film about “a world made up entirely of trademarks and brand names, [where] the Michelin Man cops pursue a criminal Ronald McDonald.”

To sum up the Oscar count for the feature length animated films: Up won for best Music (Original Score), and Animated Feature Film. And for the animated short films nominated Logorama took home the Oscar.

This was a great year for animated films. Even though there were only two different animation works to win, the other animated films did not go unnoticed as seen with the amount of nominations. This year’s Oscars showcased the amazing strides in animation and I hope to see more films that will be just as good as Up and The Princess and the Frog in the future.

(Source for Oscars picture).

I responded to Amanda Cole and Rebecca Townsend.

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